Ballia is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The eastern part of the city lies at the meeting of the two rivers – Ganges and Ghaghara. The city is often referred to as Baghi Ballia as a remembrance of its significance in the country’s freedom struggle. The legendary Mangal Pandey was also born in the district.
Places to Stay
Ballia as a city is not really a tourist hotspot. Thus, lodging options in the city are to a large extent limited. However, Patna in the neghbouring Bihar (131 km away) has plenty of options. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Marwari Awas Griha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Lalita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300), Kautilya Vihar (Tariff – Rs. 700) and others.
The official language of Ballia is Hindi. The Bhojpuri dialect, spoken mostly across the border in Bihar, is the dominant language here.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Apart from the Suraha Tal Lake other places of interests in the city include Bhrigu Mandir, Shahid Smarak, Botanical Garden and Sri Jungli Baba Mandir.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Patna International Airport at a distance of 128 km.
The city has a big railway station of its own. A major railway station, Varanasi Junction Railway Station, is located at a distance of 140 km.
Mostly state-run UPSRTC buses serve the local populace here. Ticketgoose.com is one of the best portals from where you can book bus online.
Ranchi is a beautiful place and is also the capital of Jharkhand. Ranchi is considered to be the second most heavily populated city. The name of this city, “Ranchi” has been plagiarised from the name of an Oraon Village which was called “Archi.” Some of the attractions of Ranchi are the Dassam Falls, Jonha falls and also the Hudru falls.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay in Ranchi that come under budget of the visitors. Some of the hotels are Hotel Rajdhani Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 783), Hotel Radiant (Tariff – Rs. 980), Hotel Tribhuvan (Tariff – Rs. 661) and Hotel Churuwala Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1,470).
Languages spoken in Ranchi include Asuri which is an Austro-Asiatic language and is spoken by approximately 17,000 people
Some of the festivals celebrated in Ranchi are Durga Puja celebrated in October and Chhath Puja celebrated in November.
Places of interest
Some of the places of attraction in Ranchi are Rock Garden and Kanke Dam (4 km from Ranchi), Hundru Falls (45 km from Ranchi on Ranchi Purulia Road) and Jonha Falls (40 km from Ranchi).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to reach Ranchi is Birsa Munda Airport which is 7 kms from the centre of the city.
The Ranchi railway station (RNC) is the main station of Ranchi and is located only 3.4 kms away from the city.
Some of the travel operators running the bus service in and around Ranchi are Travel Mart, Tripti Travels and Choudhary Travel and Holidays. Some of the bus stations of Ranchi are Argora Chowk Bus stop, ITI Bus stand and State Bus Depot. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.